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#1 posted 09-27-2010 10:46 PM

I normally buy CA glue in a plastic bottle, I think it is about 1 oz or so. If the wood is real punky you aren’t going to have much success with thin CA glue so you might want to look into one of the thicker versions. I typically sand and pack the voids with the sawdust, add a couple of drops of CA glue to fill everything (you usually have to add more sawdust though) and let it dry. Then I take a scraper to it. It isn’t the best fix in the world but it works.

I just recently saw an article on a workbench construction where a fellow glued some thinner boards to 1/4 inch ply to use as end pieces on the bench. He had something I think that was maybe 1/2 thick; too thin to resaw easily; and he made a sandwich between two 1/2 in ply boards and then resawed the piece in the middle. I would think you could use 1/4 in ply to stabilize the ones you have.

I’ve never tried epoxy to stabilize punky wood. I wouldn’t try it on the pieces in the picture until you have tried it on some samples. I might work but I wouldn’t take a chance without some experimental work first.

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